Black History – Richard Allen

Richard Allen

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Some individuals succumb to adversity while others overcome them. Richard Allen, a former Delaware slave was an overcomer. Over 200 years ago, before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had a dream, Richard Allen did too. Allen is an African American who did not allow the color of his skin to define him. Today, the content of his character defines his legacy.

Richard Allen was born in February 1760 as a slave and died in March 1831 as the founder of the African American Episcopal church, the oldest independent Protestant denomination affiliation for African Americans and other worshipers.  Mother Bethel A.M.E. church in Philadelphia was founded in 1787 by Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and others after being asked to leave from kneeling to pray with a White congregation at the St. George Methodist Church in Philadelphia, PA.

“Today, the African Methodist Episcopal Church has membership in twenty Episcopal Districts in thirty-nine countries on five continents. The work of the Church is administered by twenty-one active bishops, and nine General Offices who manage the departments of the Church.”

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(Original photos property of Yvonne Lott)                              

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                Mother Bethel


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